Welcome to Nepal, the land of snow peaks, temples and Lord Buddha. This tiny nation (that opened its borders to outsiders in 1950) is simply enchanting. Be it the mighty Himalayas (including the highest mountain peak Mount Everest) or the ancient Buddhist temples, Nepal is no doubt a must visit travel destination. Every year this small country bordered by India and China, attracts thousands of travelers (especially the trekkers) from different parts of the world.
The cultural diversity of Nepal is simply unmatched. Come to this amazingly beautiful country if you love exploring some unusual travel destinations. Let’s begin the tour.
Nepal has four climatic seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. The temperature is moderate during the spring season (March-May). Summer (June-August) in Nepal is also the monsoon season. The weather is hot and humid and it rains almost every day. Winter (December-February) season is cool with occasional snowfall. As for the best time to visit Nepal, autumn (September-November) is the main season to go there. The weather is really pleasant during these months and it is also the best time to go for trekking.
Tribhuvan International (located in Kathmandu) is the country’s only airport connecting Nepal to other international countries. As for getting around, you can opt for hired taxis and private vehicles. State and privately run buses are also a good option for traveling to different cities of Nepal. Micro-vans, jeeps, motorbikes, cycles and rickshaws are other popular modes of transportation.
Very few countries in the world can offer what this beautiful country has to offer. Nepal is home to 10 World Heritage Sites that attract travelers from different parts of the world. Coming here will be an experience of a lifetime that one can never forget. Listed below are some of the most popular tourist attractions of Nepal that you must visit at least once.
Kathmandu – Apart from being the capital, Kathmandu is also the largest city of Nepal. Located in the heart of Nepal, this city is famous for its 17th century Buddhist temples. You can also visit the temple of the living Goddess (known as Kumari) here. It is believed that the temple residence of the Goddess was built from the timber of a single tree.
Lumbini – It is the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. Lumbini (a small town located in the southwestern plains) is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. You can still see the ruins (like remains of the ancient stupas and monasteries) of the old city here. The Buddhist followers and history lovers come here from almost every part of the world. You will also find a large stone pillar (established by Emperor Asoka in 250 BC) with inscriptions about the birth of Lord Buddha in Lumbini.
Pashupatinath – Located around 6 kms from central Kathmandu, Pashupatinath temple is one of the most popular and sacred temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in a pagoda style with a gilded roof and intricately carved silver doors, this temple is nestled on the banks of the Bagmati River. The entry to this temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus.
Mount Everest – Call it Mount Everest, Sagarmatha or Chomolungma, is the highest mountain peak on earth. To conquer this 8848 m high summit is a dream of every adventurer. Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Sherpa Tensing Norgay were the first people to climb the Mount Everest in 1953.